(RTTNews.com) - An Applebee"s at Independence Center in Missouri fired three of its employees after two African-American woman alleged that the employees racially profiled them.
According to a video posted on Facebook, Alexis Brison and her friend Asia Hardy were accused by the restaurant staff of leaving without paying their bill during a previous visit at the outlet.
In the video, a police officer, a mall security guard and a restaurant manager confronts the two women and claim that they had left without paying for their food the day before. Brison started filming the confrontation and posted on her Facebook page.
In a statement released Monday evening, Applebee"s confirmed the termination of the employees involved in the incident.
"We recognize the hurt and pain caused by the recent incident at an Applebee"s restaurant in Independence, Mo. We very much regret this occurred and sincerely apologize to our guests and community. After an internal investigation and in-line with our values, the franchisee terminated the manager, server and another employee involved in the incident. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry or harassment of any nature, and we have taken additional steps to close the restaurant at this time in order for the team there to regroup, reflect, learn and grow from this. We are reaching out to the guests involved to apologize directly. We know rebuilding trust with those affected by the incident will take time, and we look forward to finding resolution in the coming days." Applebee"s said in a statement according to KCTV5.com.Read the original article on RTTNews (http://www.rttnews.com/2862170/applebee-s-accuses-black-women-of-dine-and-dash-apologizes.aspx)
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